Tigers' Soria eager to make amends
The Sports Xchange
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Joakim Soria is eager to pitch again after his Comerica Park debut as a Detroit Tiger turned into a debacle.
In his second appearance since being traded from Texas, Soria was charged with four earned runs and six hits, including two home runs, in one-third of an inning against the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday. Soria entered the seventh inning with the Tigers trailing 3-2 and departed with a 9-2 deficit in an 11-4 loss.
"It was the worst outing of my career, even in my life, I think," Soria said. "I can't remember an outing like this in my life. It's something that happens to everybody. Obviously, I want to get out there and redeem myself."
He didn't get that chance during Wednesday's 7-2 victory as manager Brad Ausmus plans to use him in tight situations.
Soria was lights out as the Rangers' closer prior to the deal, allowing one or no runs in 33 of his 35 appearances while recording 17 saves. He allowed three earned runs on two separate occasions -- April 8 against Boston and June 27 against Minnesota -- but lasted a full inning in both of those games. His ERA rose more than a full point to 3.71 on Tuesday.
The last time Soria gave up four earned runs was July 30, 2011, against Cleveland in two-thirds of an inning while pitching for Kansas City.
"You want to get out there as soon as possible to get it out of your system," Soria said. "You can't stay with that outing too long in your mind because then it's just going to get you sick. You have to come in the next day trusting in your stuff and try to do better, try to watch video, try to see what was wrong and go from there."
Soria, who allowed three baserunners in one-third of an inning during his Tigers debut against the Los Angeles Angels on July 26, had a simple explanation for what went wrong. Among the hits he allowed were a three-run double to shortstop Alexei Ramirez, a two-run home run to first baseman Jose Abreu and a solo shot to designated hitter Adam Dunn.
"They weren't quality pitches," he said. "They were pitches that stayed up in the zone and in the middle."
Ausmus doesn't expect any lingering effects from Tuesday's meltdown.
"He seems like a standup, team-oriented guy," Ausmus said. "It's much easier for a player who's got experience to handle failure on a big stage than a guy who's a young phenom or just a young player who's thinking he's blown his one shot of sticking in the major leagues because he had one bad outing or one bad game."
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